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Cisco Systems Program Manager Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  • it can sometimes get overloaded - you are the only one responsible with your work/life balance (in 358 reviews)

  • Big company - very specialized jobs (in 297 reviews)

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  1. "Great company but slow to innovate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had worked at Cisco for over 4 years and absolutely recommend it due to the internal culture and options available to support your daily work life

    Cons

    Slow to innovate, hence M&As and yearly layoffs that are nerve-barking for many employees

    Advice to Management

    Innovate


  2. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pros are its a good culture

    Cons

    The cons are its under staffed

    Advice to Management

    need to get into mobile world


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not as good as they used to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good ideas. Good niches. Good head start in a variety of areas. Support for volunteering. Support for continued education.

    Cons

    Poor execution. Rushing things. The management chain is more interested in making themselves look good than doing what it right for the customer. They are cutting staff to make things look more profitable, which is a failing long term strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of rushing things to market, do them right. Customers don't care about bells and whistles, they want reliable solutions that work every time. Don't cut staff to be more profitable when it impacts customer sat, and employee moral.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good While it Lasts...It Won't"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Management Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Program Management Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cisco pays pretty well and offers good flexibility and some perks, and some of the administrative things work surprisingly well for such a giant corporation. Cisco does a lot of good work in the community and encourages staff to give back to various charities, etc. and does a good job of promoting mobility across job functions, etc.

    Cons

    There is a constant threat of a "Limited Restructuring" - nearly every year, you will lose some colleagues if not your own job, which absolutely kills morale. They make a lot of noise about how great their culture is - which if you have to say it so often, means it is likely not the case. They can be completely tone-deaf, for example, scheduling all-hands, AMA-type town-hall meetings with execs on the same days they're laying off hundreds of people, making "The People Deal" complete BS.

    Advice to Management

    The effort to re-cast itself as a SW company is sensible, but it will require a better understanding of how that industry works. Cisco got huge by selling technology everyone needed as the internet age grew, but that approach will not work now.


  6. "Contract consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great tech and enterprise level work. Huge resume builder to work at Cisco.

    Cons

    Annual budget cuts and layoffs; even for consultants. Tons of projects on the go-go-go and hard to adhere to the typical Agile process. Flexibility and work from home are frowned upon if you are a consultant.

    Advice to Management

    communicate the vision early and often.


  7. "For the most part, Cisco is a really good place to be at."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture
    Decent pay
    Work from home is a big perk
    Ppl are really good to work with in general

    Cons

    Advancing is not that easy
    Pay raise does not come often
    A lot of ppl don't come to office so if u like to work with ppl, this may not be the best place for you


  8. "Program Manager - Advanced Services"

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    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, wide variety of clients and types of work

    Cons

    Management too worried about Wall Street. Sales dictates EVERYTHING. People are less important


  9. Helpful (1)

    "HR Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible workplace is fantastic. Depending on the team, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Lots of talk, little want to actually change. Toxic managers who are managers, not leaders and don't want others to succeed, only make their team look good. Promotion of the best looking and non-team playing members. Not really free to take risks, fail and learn. Lots of bureaucracy, red tape, and processes slowing down decisions, etc. Lot more, "Tried and true, vs. innovate and new".

    Advice to Management

    Lead your people, stop managing. Cut the red tape, listen to your team, truly listen. Do what you say you will and have their backs for real. Don't let it just be talk.


  10. "Program Manager Release Delivery"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    you will have a work life balance

    Cons

    During release time it will be hectic


  11. "Good and Bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome classes and certifications that just need your manager approval.
    Great flexibility for working remotely (but also needing to take meetings early morning or late nights if you were in a global role)
    Health center, massive gym and cafes on-site.

    Cons

    Their acquisition integration is always rough. They don't do a good job on bringing a lot of new people in without a ton of upset and drama. They always end up losing good people because of it. I think all of the "cisco" legacy people were gone not long after the Sourcefire acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people. Treat one like a monkey, and he'll act like a monkey!